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Willie's Locally Known

805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY
+1 859-281-1116
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Ranked #52 of 756 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $29
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Boutique BBQ and Southern Soul prepared at the direction of Chef Ben. Willie's has live musical performances every night by some of the area's most talented musicians as well as touring groups from all over the world. Call for your reservation today!
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Boutique BBQ and Southern Soul prepared at the direction of Chef Ben. Willie's has live musical performances every night by some of the area's most talented musicians as well as touring groups from all over the world. Call for your reservation today!
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English first
Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I go into Willie's very often and just cannot get enough! every time I go, they call me by name, treat me like a friend, and serve me the best food I've ever had. I go there with my family, alone, with friends, and with my husband. We love it! I constantly find myself looking for the best burger in... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This little dive bar and restaurant was surprisingly good. The menu selections were fantastic and everyone at the table, (all 8 of us) loved the food. Will definitely go back.

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Columbus, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Do yourself a favor and order the fried pickles and fried green tomatoes to start with. Everything on the menu is delicious. Great place with a high cover charge to listen to local music. The back patio is covered and really awesome except we sat outside and waited for a server for 15 minutes. Eventually we moved inside so that... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Been a few times and had to have the brisket again. Very tasty and smells outside are as good as the taste of the brisket inside. Lunchtime is better than dinner time as the bands start to play later in the evening and it can get crowded. Still like the brisket best.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My friend and I stopped in for lunch. The food was excellent. I had a burger and he had the pulled pork. It was top notch. We came back 2 nights later for dinner and beers. It was even better. There was a benefit going on and my friend had goat stew and I had the wings. 3rd best wings... More

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What a great find. We were not to sure what we were in for as we drove up to the restaurant. We sat in the parking lot for a moment and decided what the heck lets go in. The restaurant is a music venue bar. We ate here on a Wednesday night. It was not crowded at all. They have... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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169 reviews 169 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is primarily a venue for music at night, and the lunch I had was only OK. Menu leans toward barbecue and other items of that type, but there are salads and sandwiches available. Good selection of draft beers. Decor is underwhelming to say the least, starting with the exterior. Most of the parking is around back.

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Augusta, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

On a recent road to Tn. and Ky., my son had this stop scheduled. after some difficulty find the place, we paid a cover charge and were seated in the music area. Area was very full but not packed. Wait staff was prompt, curtious, and attentative but not intrusive. Bar B Q was excellent drinks cold and the music was... More

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Troy, Ohio
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123 reviews 123 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This was my husbands and mines favorite place we ate on our trip. We came for lunch right when they opened. The outside doesnt really stand out and was harder to spot at first. I liked that it was more of a local place to eat. There were a few people in the bar and couple people in the dining... More

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Toronto
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Willie's Locally Known was everything my BFF and I were looking for in our roadtrip to KY -- great southern food (we had wings, battered fried catfish, mac 'n cheese...), microbrews, live music and new friends. Shout out to the excellent staff who made sure we got safely into a cab after we had maybe a bit too much fun.... More

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